It’s no secret that almost every industry is facing rapid globalization, causing many companies to outsource product components and/or labor, hoping to get the most for their money. However, by doing so, they often sacrifice quality and safety.
In this article, we’re sharing what buying American-made products means, key reasons manufacturing domestically makes a difference, and the benefits it has for the customer.
What Does American-Made Truly Mean?
According to the definition put forth by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, American-made products are products “all or virtually all” made on domestic soil with materials sourced from the USA. For example, at Puritan, USA-sourced materials manufactured by Americans are in every step of our process, leading to 100% assurance that when we say American-made, we mean it.
You may be wondering, when it comes to swabs, does “American-made” really matter? It definitely does! Let’s discuss why.
6 Reasons Buying American-Made Swabs is Important
Here are a few more reasons why our customers prefer to buy U.S.-manufactured swabs.
1. Quality Assurance
Due to astronomical demand over the past few years, the swab market has become flooded with swabs that don’t necessarily meet strict quality standards. And while “made in the USA” doesn’t always guarantee quality, we’re proud to say that Puritan swabs are considered best-in-class for virtually every application.
2. Environmentally Friendlier
Rather than shipping products in from overseas, which would necessarily result in the emission of high levels of carbon dioxide, we keep our manufacturing on U.S. soil, assuring we leave a smaller carbon footprint during our development process. Keeping the environment in mind in all aspects of our operation, we are able to produce high quality products while limiting the impact on the earth.
3. Reduction of Supply Chain Issues
Global supply chains can be unpredictable and can be interrupted by natural disasters or conflicts in the country of origin. By keeping the supply chain local, we are better able to control processes, outcomes, and delivery timing. Avoid exorbitant costs and uncertainties that come with ordering internationally by choosing an American supplier.
4. Boosts the American Economy
Buying American goods strengthens our country and communities by supporting good-paying manufacturing jobs in rural communities. When more of us buy USA-made products, the national economy benefits as well.
5. Customization Capabilities
Customization and innovation is key to success when it comes to finding the right swabs for your business. Taking inspiration from within your organization is where some of the best ideas are born. At Puritan, we do this by taking the time to collaborate and learn what customers need. From there, we’re able to develop even more effective products that address new and unique applications.
For example, when no standard product suits the intended application, we work with customers to develop a customized product. We start the process with a conversation about what is needed, quantity, target costs, fill, packaging, and other details specific to your application. From there, we can develop a product that will check all of their unique boxes.
6. Strong Understanding of American Industries
By working with a partner who has a good understanding of the regulations across American industries – like Puritan – your products will meet the mark for your needs. At Puritan, we work with a number of national industries, including:
- Controlled environments
- Diagnostics and specimen collection
- Forensics and genetics
- Microbiology media
Learn more about our core capabilities and competencies.
Buying American-Made Swabs with Puritan
As a major supplier of swabs for a variety of industries and applications – and one of the US-based manufacturers of the preferred swabs for widely distributed diagnostic tests – we’re proud of our long-standing tradition of producing the highest quality products right here in the United States.
As many of our customers know, we’ve been manufacturing in rural Maine for over 100 years – and since 2020, we’ve outfitted and brought online three additional FDA-registered and ISO-certified manufacturing facilities in Maine (2) and Tennessee (1), enabling us to serve more customers nationwide with products in ready supply. The expansion process allowed us to build efficiencies into every area, from staffing and quality to R&D and logistics.
Now not only bigger, but better in every way, we are confident Puritan will remain the market leader for years to come.
Ready to purchase American-made swabs?
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